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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta October 2. 1974-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-25 Village Mall CHRISTMAS IN DISNEYLAND Several to ChooM from Starting Dtc. 20th For Bookings, PrlcM, olc.. Corrtact- ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Phono 321-3201 The Lethbridge Herald UtdbridfiOtficiFinittiriLtd. Lovol 7tti it Shopping Mall Uthbrldge, Afewta Phone (403) 328-T411 FILING o o Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, October 2nd, 1974 Pages 25-36 Stan Fischler's list of 10 hockey players he feels have inflated wallets to match their egos How do you feel about today's overpaid, skating brats? By STAN FISCHLER Herald Hockey Columnist My phone rang recently and judging by the decibel count I imagined that my ear had been pressed against an ex- ploding bomb. The roar at the other end was produced by a World Hockey Association executive who, in a calm moment, blurted. "How in hell can I pay these guys the ridiculous salaries they're Since labor relations is my business I suggested that he get out of hockey and manufacture horsecars or bison biscuits. No, he insisted, he would stay with shinny, no matter what, even if it meant going broke pleasing today's overpaid, skating brats. I wished him luck, hung up and picked up the morning paper. The first story I read was enough to make me sick. Andre Boudrias, it said, had signed a new contract with the Vancouver Canucks, The contract, according to the report, was worth Repeat: Four hundred thousand dollars! Well, if Rumpelstiltskin could weave straw into gold, I guess Andre Boudrias has a right to draw a young fortune of the Canucks after four seasons of singularly mediocre NHL hockey. In those four years during which the Canucks have never even reached the playoffs Boudrias failed each time to even average a point a game. Other than the fact that he's a moderately handsome French Canadian, I can find no reason to justify has absurdly high pay cheque. But Andre merely symbolizes the salary sickness of today's pro hockey. He is but one of many and not the most overpaid at that. There are many stickhandlers doing even better and I don't mind telling you the 10 chaps I consider the most overpaid stickhandlers. My conclusions are based on several available bits of evidence estimated salary based on news reports, point performance, crowd appeal, ability to draw spectators, in- tangible value to a team and my personal opinion of the player, compared with data supplied by experts. 1) Vic Hadfield, Pittsburgh Penguins He walked out on Team Canada 1972. Boo! He sat grinning in the penalty box as his Rangers were wiped out by the Flyers last spring. Boo again! He's earning a reported f which is about 000 more than I think he's worth. Harry Sinden had the goods on him a long time ago. 2) Paul Henderson, Toronto Toros It's too bad Paul can't play for Team Canada all the time. As a Detroit Red Wing he was a flop and as a Maple Leaf he was practically in- visible. But those goals against the Russkies won him a five- year no-trade contract with the Toronto Toros, good for at least a season, according to published reports Red Kelly, Harold Ballard and I have one thought about that: 3) Tony ESposito, Chicago Black Hawks If coach Billy Reay hadn't stressed defense and more defense, Esppsito's goals against average would be as high as Gilles (California Seals) Meloche's. Tony is a consistent Stanley Cup failure, proven by the fact that Chicago last won The Cup when Tony was 18 years old, never while Esposito was a Black Hawk. Whatever salary he's getting is a bit much. 4) Jean Ratelle, New York Rangers "Why do people criticize us because we make a bleats Ratelle. "Why don't they criticize the New York Knicks. Some of their players make too." The answer is that the Knicks, unlike the Rangers, have won two world cham- pionships in the last five years. Thanks to the non violent Ratelle, the Rangers have won nothing. Which is a little less than what Jean deserves. 5) Mickey Redmond, Detroit Red Wings When Mickey signed his fat contract with Detroit two years ago, his at- torney Bob Woolf whispered that it was one of the biggest in NHL history. Redmond can score goals but the red lights blind fans from noticing his weaknesses defensively -and as a team leaders. I'd give Mm and say he got all the better of the deal. 6) Ed Giacomin, New York Rangers Just about the same as Tony Esposito; only change the backdrop from Chicago Stadium to Madison Square Garden. 7) Johnny McKenzie, Vancouver Blazers The Toronto Toros once took a poll and named McKenzie one of the most overrated skaters in the WHA. At the rate he's going, McKenzie will be lucky if anyone remembers "Pie" enough to even include him in a poll. 8) About Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins Esposito will remain a success as long as toughies Ken Hodge and Wayne Cashman skate his wings and Bobby Orr anchors the defense They make Phil; the vice is not versa. Esposito is over the hill as a scorer. His pitifully doleful performarice against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1974 Cup finals was a disgrace. If Vancouver's Blazers actually have offered him a a year contract, he should grab it and immediately give 000 of it to charity. 9) Garry Unger, St. Louis Blues As a looker, he's just too, too devine As a superstar, forget it! 10) Tracy Pratt, Vancouver Canucks Can you believe that the Canucks and Vancouver Blazers actually battled over signing the son of Hall of Famer Babe Pratt. Shakespeare would have called it "Much Ado About Nothing." I'd offer him what his dad might have received from the Maple Leafs in 1944, about Ingarfield feels club will be tough at centre Trottier, Woods keys to Bronco middle JIM WISHLOFF STEVE LEE By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor Any coach will tell you that a strong hockey club should be tough up the middle. If your centre icemen are good and complement your wingers, then you should be on your way. Lethbridge Broncos of the Western Canada Hockey League, with this thought in mind, should be on their way. "Three of our centremen have played in the WCHL said Earl Ingarfield, Bronco coach, "so we do have some the mid- dle where it counts." What the Broncos do have, possibly, is the finest junior centreman in Canada in Bryan Trottier. At 18 years of age Trottier figures to be the leader of the Broncos. He was named team captain by Ingarfield, a move that sat well with Trottier's teammates Ingarfield, in describing his talented young player, says that Trottier could very well be the best junior in Canada, not just the best centre. "Trottier can do it says bis coach, "he shoots well, a tremendously strong skater and he hits harder than anyone in the WCHL." Trottier's ability can best be described by the fact that New York Islanders of the National Hockey League thought so highly of him he was drafted as a 17-year old. Only the fact that Ingarfield, familiar with the Islanders style of play, is the coach of the Broncos kept Al Arbour and the Islanders from turning Trottier prof Said Arbour, coach of the Islanders, "we would love to have Trottier and I think he could help our club. However, under Ingarfield jhe will get the best coaching around and will add another year's perience." Trottier and Greg Woods are the only returnees at AUTOMOTIVE CENTRE FULL 4 PLY CORD f blockwollj No chorge for mounting Custom Snow No Irode-in required I 600x13 735x14 775x14 825x14 855x14 560x15 775x15 825.15 855.13 Sole f 17.00 Salt Fricc One low Price For Mott Compact, Medium ft North American Cars OUR MOST POPULAR 4 PLY POLYESTER CORD TIRE with exchange INSTAUED PREMIUM V r I Oty tfwsioed for am of dtptrxScMt feign 1 12 it f Opwi am. to pm and fWS-T ffw to MmH qwnmw. ih'H centre for the Broncos. Woods, at 19 years of age, is in his draft year. Unlike Trot- tier who is S'll" weighing 192 pounds, Woods is only 5'9" and 165 pounds. However, Woods' size is deceiving as he is very aggressive. He likes the heavy going and can dish it out with the best of them. Woods is a real hustler and no one works any harder for his teammates than he does. Of toe three other centres Ingarfield still has in camp only Jim Wishloff, a six-foot, 185 pounder, has any WCHL experience. Wishloff played last year with Winnipeg Clubs after be- ing dealt to the Clubs from Swift Current. Ingarfield is looking for his experience to be of great help to rookies Garth Morgan and Steve Lee. Morgan, according to Ingar- field, has a great attitude and could surprise many people throughout the league. Hank Bassen, a former NHL net- minder, recommended Morgan to the Broncos. Morgan, who played in Drumheller last year, is a solid 160 pounds on a 5'10" frame. Lee, like Morgan 18 years old, had a good year last year with Prince Albert and while he is really an unknown talent Ingarfield has found him to be a hard worker and willing to learn. Ingarfield feels he will be strong up the middle. It will take a while before Lee and Morgan gain the experience they need but Ingarfield in- dicated he can afford to give them some time while Trot- tier and Woods carry a good portion of the load. Meanwhile, the Broncos are in dire need of places for the players to live. More than a dozen of the team members BRYAN TROTTIER are living in a hotel and team officials would like very much to have the fellows in homes before the season starts. Anyone who would be interested in housing one or more of. the players this season is asked to please call the Bronco office at 329-0404. brings you another'wise buy'! 1 during EXCITING DISHWASHER VALUE! 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